Brentford manager Thomas Frank has dismissed the idea that he could be tempted to leave the club anytime soon.
Frank took over as permanent manager of the club when Dean Smith departed for Aston Villa last October, with the Dane going on to win 15 and draw eight of his 39 matches in charge of the Bees so far.
Under Frank, Brentford recovered from a mid-season loss of form that followed Smith’s departure to finish 11th in the Championship last season, and picked up their first win of the current campaign with a 1-0 win away at Middlesbrough on Saturday.
Speaking after that game, Frank was asked about whether he could be tempted by a move to a top-flight team this season, with the 45-year-old in defiant mood as he told West London Sport: “I would say I’m so committed to Brentford this season.
“You know, the last season at Griffin Park, going to a new stadium, everything is so interesting that I would say ‘Sorry, give me a call in three years’ time’.”
Discussing his affection for his current club, Frank added: “In football, it’s very very difficult to find places like Brentford – the unique togetherness, the top strategy that we have and the clear plan, and calmness. You don’t find that in a lot of places.”
There are currently just 12 months remaining on Frank’s contract at Brentford, although it seems as though the Dane has no intention of going anywhere else, as he explained: “I would say I’m very pleased and very humble to be here and I can only see myself being here.”
This is a huge boost for Brentford.
Since Frank took over from Dean Smith not much less than a year ago, Brentford have very quietly but very efficiently made themselves into one of the Championships dark horses for a push for promotion.
That is something that Frank has to take great credit for, having managed to keep up the good form shown under his predecessor, and you imagine his presence and steady head could be crucial in keeping the club heading in that upward trajectory.
This therefore feels like a clear indication for Brentford to move to secure their manager to a new long-term contract, and show their commitment to him in the same way that his comments have shown his commitment to them.